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and laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, that no further motions be in order to any of the nominations, any related statements be printed in the record and that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the veterans' affairs committee be discharged from further consideration of presidential nomination 2024, that the nomination be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, and no further motions be in order to the nomination, any related statements be printed in the record and president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the armed services committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 139 -- i'm sorry. 1339. we now proceed to this matter. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 1339, an act to designate the
obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there an objection? without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of calendar number 575 s., 3454. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 475, s. 3454, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. reid: thanks, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent that a feinstein-chambliss substitute amendment which is at the desk be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time and passed, and the senate proceed to vote on passage of this measure. the presiding officer: without objection. the substitute amendment is agreed to. and the clerk will read the bill as amended a third time. the clerk: calendar number 475, s. 3454, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intellige
larger numbers of people, whether to take military action of some kind that could prevent a mass atrocity. if that is the choice we now face, it is a grave and sobering decision and would put the starkest expression on the failure of the administration's policy towards syria. savage and unfair fight, this raged now for nearly two years. the longer this conflict has gone, the worse it has gotten. all of those who argued for non intervention because of the things that might happen are now happening because we failed to intervene. and the fact is that we have now reached a point where there are weapons of mass destruction that may be used and also, there is a significant question about the security of these weapons should assad fall. we would like to make several points, one is that it's now up to the russians to do everything possible and maximize their influence over assad to make sure that he does not use these weapons. it is time for the united states and our allies to make it clear to assad that this is an unacceptable act. it is time for us to be ready for any eventuality, including th
long we have used politics and the second amendment to cover up our lack of action. yes, the supreme court affirmed we have a right to bear arms, but in that same ruling the court made clear that right is not unlimited. we do not, as justice scalia put it, have an unlimited right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever for whatever purpose. our individual right to bear arms is limited by a right among others to keep our children safe. any of those children could have been one of ours and for 20 parents, it was. we may not be able to stop every crime, we know that no single law or set of laws can prevent every act of senseless violence in our society, but we have the ability and the no-how to prevent many of them. we must simply find the courage. we can no longer be bystanders to injustice. we cannot continue to look on and do nothing. as shakespeare said, the fault lies not within our stars but in ourselves. we must act. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott, f
of counsel section applies to similar actions commenced on or after the date of this legislation's enactment. why is that important? well, pause the america invents act created a new section that prevents use of evidence of an accused fringer's failure to obtain advice of counsel or his failure to wave -- waive privilege and introduce such opinion. to prove either willfulness or intent to induce infringement. this provision, however, failed to specify when the new authority would go into effect. and it makes another series of other technical clarifications to the act. in addition, we find that this bill is necessary and has made the necessary commonsense technical corrections including any substantive revision to the act. so it's my hope that the judiciary committee will continue its oversight of the act into the next congress and consider ways in which it can be further improved. i commend the chairman of the committee for his -- this bill forward and i urge my colleagues to pass this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan rese
action, indianapolis became a model for other cities across the nation. when the law took effect in 1970 indianapolis population rose from 476,000 to 783,000. moving from the 26th largest city to one of the nation's dozen large cities literally overnight. why didn't the numerous positive changes in indianapolis over the past 40 years, i see the fulfillment of the vision of then mayor dick lugar. not the midwest has a way of producing bad and the amended decency. none of us fall in that category. sometimes that sense is questioned, but we do have individuals who have the ability to see to the heart of the matter and find a way to resolve a problem. such scale is extremely valuable in the united states senate. a body by its very design is supposed to foster compromise between legislators on issues before the nation. and so it was a natural progression that following his success as mayor, dick lugar's next job would be serving hoosiers is the united states senator. since 1977, senator lugar has represented hoosiers have served our nation admirably. without question, senator lugar is the typ
marines were killed in action. when he came home to america, he suffered from ptsd, as many of our warriors do. he spent time in a recovery facility in california to cope with the mental wounds of war. then in august, john decided to get some r&r. he wanted to go to costa rica with a fellow marine, ian, and they wanted to go on a surfing trip. according to ian, surfing gave john a peace of mind and helped really with his therapy. so the two packed up their car with their surf boards and began their journey from florida to costa rica. their trip took them through texas to the border, brownsville, texas. there they crossed the international border into matamoros, mexico, and that's as far as they got. john carried with him 100-year-old antique gun, a family air loom that belonged to his grandfather. when they arrived at the customs and border protection in texas, john did what he was supposed to do. he filled out all the necessary paperwork. he talked to u.s. customs and verified with them that the gun did not violate any mexican law. the two allegedly handed the mexican officials th
knowing full will, it would result in his death. his heroic actions that day immediately saved at least eight of his brothers and alerting them of the enemy's bunkered location. at the time of his death, he had already been awarded the silver star for courage and for his gal and try that day in may, platoon sergeant grandstaff was awarded the congressional medal of honor. they are both heroes willing to sacrifice their own lives to protect their fellow soldiers. their selfless advancement of freedom, liberty, justice and democracy is truly humbling and i'm honored to represent the legacy both men left behind for eastern washington and our nation. mr. speaker, i urge all of my colleagues to join in honoring these two eastern washington heroes, private first class joe e. mann and platoon sergeant bruce a. grandstaff and support h.r. 3197. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maine. mr. michaud: i rise today to offer my support for h.r. 3197 a bill to name the department of veterans affairs in spokane, washington as the mann-grandstaff medical center. private first class joe mann se
to prevent a collapse of the housing market. while they have already taken action to pretext the financial mortgage fund for single family loans from seeking federal funds, the f.y. 2012 report suggests that much more needs to be done to prevent such a draw. i want to hear more today about the administration's actions and proposals to minimize the risk to taxpayers stemming from their business and what safeguards are in place to ensure the quality and sustainability of the program. if the administration's actions and proposals will not be sufficient to restore f.h.a.'s fiscal health, i'm inclined to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the banking committee to find a bipartisan way to make shoo -- that happen. before i turn to ranking member shelby, i want to recognize his work as ranking member on this committee over the past six years. this may be our last hearing together this year, and we will have no ranking member next year. i'm part of our bipartisan record over the last two years we continued it the tradition of bipartisanship that this committee has been known for
scorecard with the heritage action. he was 98 and i was closing in on and 80. getting there were a couple of votes that separated us. other than that i'm not quite sure where we disagree. i would think philosophically we're on the same pace. hopefully we will continue to work together. i look forward to hearing more from the center. >> last question. >> [no microphone] >> i think he would say do not forget it is about going up in life. it is about moving forward. we define that differently. some see the senate as a move up. i certainly do as well in a way. i am hoping that the message the good lord place of my heart is a leap forward. we will have an opportunity to let the message of real hope and opportunity resonates in places where it has not been before. thank you very much. [applause] david weitz mallinckrodt [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> a white house briefing was scheduled at 12:30 but we hear it has been pushed back to 1:00. we will carry it live when it gets under way. in the meantime, more from
. was the will of the house. unless the president and congress take action, tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. the house has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. we passed a bill replacing the president's sequestered with irresponsible spending cuts. we did that last may. we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january 1, and we did that august 1. and we proposed plans over and over again that democrats used to support but now will not. i do not want taxes to go up, republican do not want texas to go up. but we only when the house. democrats continued to run washington. what the president has proposed so far simply will not do anything to solve our spending problems. he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he simply will not deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our country. we need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real
be restored through military action alone. this is governance and security. the long-running grievances of the political vacuum in the south must be addressed through diplomacy and rebuilding democratic institutions and government. any agreement that attempts to peel off groups currently aligned will require a credible government to do so. elections are the key to not only resolving and restoring assistance but for reclaiming control of the north and democracy. >> while challengeses cannot be addressed as the u.n. secretary general's report suggested, the international community must address these crises at the same time and move forward with elections that might exclude participation of northerners. such an election could be a victory for al qaeda and further entrench those who try to establish a permanent state in the north. this conflict has caused humanitarian, security and challenges and 400,000 people are displaced and exacerbated in a food crises and people are needing food and rampant human rights abuses in northern mali adding to the instability, which include executions, amput
now while i believe it is absolutely the case that these actions averted a second great depression, i believe it is also true that we are now facing the consequences. and that is borrowing 31 cents of every dollar we spend. we've seen some improvement because we were borrowing as much as 40 cents of every dollar we spent. clearly that is unsustainable. it is going to require action. and i think most people who have studied this understand we have both a revenue and a spending problem. this chart i think demonstrates it quite clearly. this looks at the relationship between spending that's the red line and revenue, that's the green line, going back to 1950. so this is looking at 60 years of our spending and revenue history. you can see that we are near a 60 year high. we've come somewhat off it, we're near a 60 year low in revenue. that says to me we've got to work both sides of the equation. those who say we've got a spending problem have it half right. we also have a revenue problem and both sides have to be addressed. our gross federal debt surpassed 100% of our g.d.p. this year.
in consultation with the commissioner of social security to take action to ensure social security numbers no longer are used on medicare cards. . it requires the secretary to develop a cost-effective way to do that with as little impact as possible on medicare beneficiaries and health care providers. further, funds from the medicare improvement fund are made available to pay for implementation costs. according to c.b.o., the cost of this bill is fully offset and would not increase the deficit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is correct. the house is not in order. will the house please be in order. the gentleman from oregon is correct. the house is not in order. thank you. the gentleman from texas may resume. mr. johnson: lastly, the bill directs g.a.o. to conduct a study to determine whether the medicare program should use smart card technology, an idea advanced by my colleagues, jim gerlach of pennsylvania and earl blumenauer of oregon to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in the medicare program. members should know this isn't the first time c.m.s. has been directed t
of the entitlements based upon ship shod, reckless deliberations, or should i say actions, are a nonstarter. there is no way, mr. speaker, that we should raise the eligibility age for medicare, that we should not think carefully about how we approach the reform of medicaid and that we don't tell the american people that social security is solvent. so i would say move quickly to pass the middle-class tax cuts that will be for all of americans, 100%, up to $250,000, and let's think about moving into 2013, how we make this economy better by looking carefully about how we reform entitlements that are not handouts but they are earned. i wanted to move to something else. offer my deepest sympathies for those who lost their lives in the oregon massacre again at the hands of a gun and a perpetrator that is now dead and to say i thank bob costa for having the courage to get on national tv and speak to those who are rabid sports fans and say it's time for some form of gun regulation. the tragedy that occurred with the nfl player and his girlfriend speaks volumes to the idea of individuals who don't n
for coordinated international action is now. the time, in fact, is long overdue. with that, mr. speakering i reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the squom from florida reserves. the gentleman from california, mr. berman is recognized. mr. berman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.con.res. 145 as amended and yield myself such time as i may consume. sproy the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: i would like to thank the sponsor of this legislation, ms. ros-lehtinen, for her leadership on this issue and her work in addressing the north korean threat. earlier this month, north korea carried out a missile launch using ballistic missile technology in correct defiance of the international community this important resolution condemns their launch, calls on the north korea to live up to its commitments, admere to its international obligations and deal piecefully with its neighbors. this is a blatant violation of the u.n. security council resolutions. 1718 and 1874. we urge the security council to take strong and concerted action to demonstrate that pyongyang
is not very good at forcing people to do things they do not want to do, but is good in enforcing actions as long as that agreement holds, and the caps in pay-go became less good as enforcing that agreement once they had surpluses, for example. the third thing that i would like to say is that partisanship is messy, but so is bipartisanship so the fact that things don't look right now like, you know, we may kind of easily reach agreement does not necessarily mean that we won't. it is kind of always darkest before the dawn. now, do i know exactly how that's going to happen? no, but i don't think you can look at what people are saying when we're still pretty far from the brink, whatever the brink is, and kind of predict from that exactly what's going to happen. you know, in any political system, if you want to reach agreement on contentious policies that inflict pain on people, it's a messy process in getting there. this leads me to two quick points not brought up much on the earlier panel or this pam. the first is that i think a legacy of the 1990 agreement is an attention to the distributi
. if there is no congressional action, there is an abrupt increase in tax on the 2012 taxable year. in 2011, approximately 4 million people paid the amt. if there is not a patch, 30 million people will be required to pay the amt in 2012, and they will pay an additional $90 billion in tax. very few of them have any idea this is on the table. host: is the irs prepared? guest: the irs is fairly unusual, but in a correct position, that congress will do the responsible thing -- they took the position that congress they assumed congress will enact a package before the end of the year, and i think that was the reasonable thing to do because i believe they will do that. however, it does mean if there is not a patch of the tax return filing season next year will be quite chaotic. >> you can find the entire interview online. every source of related links at c-span.org/fiscal cliff. >> my inspirtation was the idea -- i wanted to explain how totalitarianism happened. we do know the story of the cold war. we know the documents. we have seen the archives that describe relationships between first roosevelt and stalin and
? >> that would be a decisive yes. >> [inaudible] >> look at the scorecard with heritage action, he was a 98 and i was closing in on a 09. there were a couple of votes that separated us. the bank may have been one of the more well known votes. other than that, i'm not quite sure where we disagree. i would think philosophically we would be on the same page and we work together. i look forward to hearing from the senator as president of the heritage action. >> last question. >> [inaudible] >> great question. i think if john was here with me, he would say, tim, don't forget it's not about going up in life. it's about moving forward. we define that differently. some see the senate as a move up and i certainly do as well in a way. i'm hoping that the message that the good lord has placed in my heart gives it a shot and a leap forward, that we'll have the opportunity to let the message of real hope and opportunity resonate in places where it hasn't been before. so i hope what john would say to me is celebrate for about 24 hours and get back to work. thank you all very much. [applause] [captioning perfor
. -- with aides from his office. right now that process has not happened. as for for action today in the senate, it's not going to be anything where they reached the fiscal cliff. but there's not enough agreement to have the rank and file members do anything. it is still at the top level leadership discussions. the senate is going to try to finish work on a sandy disaster aid supplemental bill which they have been trying to get done for weeks. they are hoping to finish that today and also trying to work on a foreign intelligence surveillance act authorization extension. there's enough on the floor to keep them busy. the question is whether they will have something to vote on may be on christmas eve. on sunday joe lieberman indicated we would all be working new year's eve. we will see that happens. >> online, we have a special page set up related to the so- called fiscal cliff. you could watch video of hearings and briefings. there is a live stream of comments from viewers and reporters. that is all at c-span.org cli cliff.l >> it is a great resource for anyone to know the ins and outs of capito
social movements can do to turn this around and make corporations and governments take action? >> i have been working with 350.org and [inaudible] if youy have -- if you have not checked it out, 350.or. -- org. as we have seen with the last election, the discussion was not about the numbers, it was about the emotional logic. hob it cannot argue with the storm. it will comments masher house. even if you are ann coulter, it will smash your house. this is about internalizing science and making the science become part of the cultural vocabulary. the problem with the right-wing agenda with this huge cloud of disinformation is people are very naive and the arts can help and catalyze an emotional discussion. the numbers are speaking. we have had record level drought, we have record-level firestorms, and storms. colorado, texas, the list goes on of places that have been hammered. you have to be foolish, someone like george bush to not process that. you have -- it is incredible. you still have to point out, your house is on fire. you are like, really? that is my take on it as a downtown dj. >> th
. >> mr. speaker, earlier this year -- mr. frank: i was critical on actions taken by the republican leadership regarding sponsorship of a bill. it's not my intention to rehash that but in the course of my discussion of that which was fairly spirited i accused mr. hensarling of having said something that wasn't accurate. i have had a conversation with him and i believe i have said it unfairly to him. i'm critical of what happened and i don't want to get into it. but i inaccurately impugned the actions to the gentleman, mr. hensarling and i apologize to him of accusing him of something that he did not do. the speaker pro tempore: jabbed -- the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> like all of us in congress, i believe in the greatness of the american people and our principals and rights that have made america a beacon of hope and freedom. many yearn for basic human liberties. the people of western sa harrah have been trapped in oppressive conditions under t
will go up excessively, but unless congress takes action, the garden style business or homeowner will be forever caught in a system that fails to benefit them in any meaningful way. the inequity of the system is apparent when homeowners are receiving $250,000 in coverage for vacation homes on the shore while primary homes and businesses fall through the cracks. i urge congress to help those caught in the flood insurance track. i hope that you take action to address the unfair abatement issue. rather than denying people coverage, businesses and residents should be given incentives for taking the necessary steps to reduce the impact of flooding. the system of encouraging the energy-efficient flood tanks that will be installed in closets. but it inflicted pain on innocent victims at a time when they are the most vulnerable. thank you for your willingness to listen to our concerns and the opportunity to speak to you today. >> thank you for that excellently crafted statement. i have directed the staff to begin working on some of those suggestions. although the flood insurance is not t
, basic military intelligence training, humanitarian assistance and he military action. moving forward, the defense department stands ready to work with our colleagues to determine the best way ahead including providing additional infantry training. the scale of need is significant. to date we have trained one battalion with 500 soldiers and military in numbers of approximately 150,000. the capacity for assistance is limited. the congolese defense ministry has been slow to respond to our request for a corporate training and information necessary for congressionally mandated human rights. the lack of english language capacity further and have its training opportunities. while the drc continues to develop its own security capabilities, un peacekeeping operation remains essential. there is a challenging mandate. we are reviewing options for improving ability to meet civilian protection requirements in the drc. the defense department has supplied military officers to help provide operational efforts to ensure efficient operations. despite many challenges, we have an interest in helping dev
actions to preserve and advance the multistate governance model under the internet -- which the internet has thrived. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 396, the nays are zero. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 397, the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the house will be in order. the house will be in order. the speaker pro tempore: the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from texas, mr. s
funded that. secondly, -- is the administration action aware of the woes of the people, that we are suffering, when they continue to throw these things back and forth? when we have no means to do anything for ourselves? host: what specifically are you talking about? caller: i am sorry, what did you say? host: what specifically are you talking about, no means? caller: i guess i should address the $58 billion we pay a year for foreign aid. that we pay out each year, to secure our protection so our citizens there, our embassies there, people who keep favor with them. host: isabel, if you could adjust -- you address them. if i turn to jim -- be agreed, is it a drop in the bubble -- but it, 40? guest: there is a misperception, the size. it is billions of dollars but the size of a $3 trillion budget is very small. moreover, i am of the view -- i am not an expert but i am of the view that the amount of money being spent trying to position the united states to have influence in the world, bring about the values we have in the country, to spread those, i am not really a big fan saying fo
years. so these are significant changes in law about to occur absent action by the congress and by the president. first of all, thank you, bob for that kind introduction. thanks for being so persist nt. i'm glad to have the chance now to come. in reflecting for my fair well address in the senate, i thought back to what motivated me to run for the united states senate. about 48 years ago i came to washington as a 16-year-old, sat in the gallery and watched a debate occur on civil rights. and i thought at the time some day i'd like to do that. i'd like to represent my state and i'd like to debate the great issues of the day. and after that trip i went home and i wrote on the back of an informal that i would run for the united states senate in 1986 or 1988 and i ran in 1986 and won what was considered to be the biggest political up senate north dakota history. so that is the power of a plan. and clearly our country now needs a plan. we need a fiscal plan. we need a plan that is going to bring us back from the brink because most economist tell us on our current course over the n
hearing about this problem, that is one thing that does not require congressional action. the consumer financial protection bureau is the new game in town. people don't think of them as a federal loan side. even on the federal side, on the ground, people have already borrowed. having the existing programs work well as incredibly important. >> president obama said a lot on the campaign trail that he wanted to tie federal student and federal aid. we have not seen specifics on that. >> we have seen specifics from a prior version of the proposal. for the campus based funding, the perkins loan, the grant, it is the college's success. and keeping the tuition for the price from growing too quickly, the final proposal is somewhat different. president obama did say that he wanted to -- it is exactly the same size as the private student loan market place. it is tied to their keeping tuition increases under control. >> there is the possibility of the dream act. i think that it is a big potential. anything else? we have touched on some of this, and there is so much more. at some point, i guess tha
actions that a private lender would be able to take? you have to be willing to have transparency about how well you're meeting a metrics. the officials who are in charge of managing the fund, they will do that better than a process that has to go through the natural legislative process to get those answers in place. we saw that with down payments. that was a program that many members of congress believe are in the same place. we could not get the week -- we could not get them to turn the spigot off. it took a long time to get them to go along with it. we need to come up with risk mitigation tools for fha. we have not gotten to what the future system should look like. especially in a world in which we will have the gse's and conservatorships will also be transformed into something that protect the taxpayers, that we, in that world, we empower policymakers at fha to be able to protect itself from risk when the emerging system might have hiccups of its own. >> you co-authored a paper earlier this year looking at whether the agency had done proper modeling for its risk. one of the headlines wa
. but the founders spoke of nature as a guide to and as a measure of human action. they thought of nature not as something merely to be manipulated for human convenience but rather as a source of norms to be discovered. they understood that natural rights could not be asserted, celebrated and defended unless nature, including human nature is regarded as a normative rather than a merely con ting nt fact. this was a view but stressed by the view of teaching that nature is not chaos but rather as the replace of employment of chaos in the mind and will of the creator. this is the creator who endows us with natural right that is are inevitable, inalienable and universal and hence the foundation of democratic quality. and these natural rights are the foundation of limited government. government defined by the limited goal of securing those rights so that individuals may flourish in their free and responsible exercise of those rights. a government thus limited is not in the business of imposing its opinions about what happiness or what excellence the citizens should choose to pursue. having such
the -- allowing it, it's a passive action. it was allowed to sunset. so for the last eight years, we haven't had the assault weapons ban in place and we're seeing the carnage that results from these weapons. >> if for instance, the principal had had a gun this could have been stopped and what we need is more gun rights and not less. >> one thing i can tell you first of all is there are -- how many of you here here, there are 40 people behind me who would love to answer that question. i will feel their spirit and do it on behalf of them. that is insane. my brother was shot in a chaotic shooting on the observation deck of the empire state building and everyone who was there would say with certainty that having more weapons would have only resulted in more carnage to people -- the people at virginia tech would tell you the same thing, the people there in the confusion and smoke of the movie at the for the aurora would say the same thing. it's important not to get dragged into a debate over that because it's not the vision of the american people. think about what that's saying. that's saying the onl
-- for the middle class and small businesses, we, house republicans, have taken concrete actions to avoid the fiscal cliff. absent a balanced offer from the president, this is our nation's best option, and senate democrats should take up both these measures immediately. and the president has a decision to make. he can support these measures or be responsible for reckless spending and the largest tax hike in american history. i'll take some questions. >> mr. leader -- >> do you think you have the votes to pass it? >> yes, we're being to have the votes to pass both the tax -- permanent tax relief bill as well as the spending reduction account. >> after that, are you worried by having your members vote on this $1 million cutoff, you are binding them to that and making it more difficult to negotiate with the president? >> our members understand that the nation faces the largest tax increase in its history come january 1, 2013. this bill is a bill that provides permanent tax relief for taxpayers earning $1 million and under. we protect 99.81% of american taxpayers from a tax increase in these very diffic
for their actions while limiting the frivolous lawsuits that contribute to inflated health care costs and rising insurance premiums. we need to reform the system so that patients who have been duly wronged receive a deserved settlement. but at the same time protect our nation's physicians who work hard every day to make sure their patients receive quality care. i want to introduce the health act in this 112th congress to make sure those that have valid liability claims are supported at the same time discouraging the practice of jackpot justice. if enacted this title in h.r. 6684 would make health care delivery more accessible and cost-effective in the united states by limiting the amount of plaintiffs -- patient awards that are available for plaintiff attorney's fees. among other things, the legislation would ensure that all settlements against medical providers are proportional to their responsibility before the patient's injury. mr. speaker, the nonpartisan congressional budget office has stated in the health care were enacted, the federal government alone would save $48 billion over the next
you think there is that kind of -- do you find elements of mystery or uncertainty in his actions and personality? >> of course. that's why he's fascinating to cover. >> yes. maybe in him, i mean, one of the things -- i mean, you covered george w. bush. i wrote four books on him. there wasn't a lot of mystery about what bush felt and what his -- >> gut player. >> yes. gut player. as he said, his job was to put some calcium in the spine. but i think obama is a little bit more of an uncertain figure. quite frankly, i think when he writes his own auto biography in his time as president and there is more excavation of all of this, we are going to discover that he's working it out as he plays the game. and somebody with a little bit more experience under their belt might not be doing that. >> some of the comments you made about president obama, including what you just said, there is a subtext that you're a little disappointed or underwelmed? >> it goes to the question, what's our job in the news media, and our job is not to be cheerleaders. our job is to be -- "politico" specialized in
cliff. and i think that we are in a position today where i think that the action it will take will be a positive step to enhance the chance for a negotiated resolution to this. so i want to say the process hasn't been perfect. and i'm not claiming that everything that took place there in the rules committee last night was perfect, but i will say this, if you look at what it is that we have included, basically the $it 30 billion over 10-year reduction, the reconciliation package that passed this house of representatives earlier this year, measure that we have before us that is going to be debated separately here is one that is actually pare d'back from the measure that passed the house of representatives, and the only changes that have been made have been made to accommodate the date change putting in this month of december in place of the earlier month this year when the debate took place. so we know what this is. and for those who might claim that the so-called reconciliation package that we have is imposing draconian cuts, which will be devastating for those who are struggli
that we'd pass that bill. we went to conference, we completed action on that, we sent the bill to the president and i can recall driving back to the residence i had here in this area on an afternoon when i was listening to the radio and hearing the report that president reagan or the white house had announced that president reagan was going to sign the bill. i almost drove off the road at that time. i recall that i had worked with the administration but it was not a perfect bill. i've never found a perfect bill here. and there were many naysayers and so you were never sure until the president made the decision that he would sign it. and i was pleased to be at the white house when the president signed that bill. it was a true compromise. it did result in the largest legalization that we'd ever had in the united states. i don't believe it was a total amnesty, i would reject that notion. but it was in fact a legalization. but the genius of that compromise was that there would be legalization on the one hand and there would be enhanced enforcement going forward on the other. and if
of it voted on already either in the budget control act or in the -- other actions taken by this congress in the course of this congress. we have already taken up -- savings of over $1 trillion, redirected savings in medicare to prolong its life and to increase benefits. that would be a $700 billion in the affordable care act, and another another $400 billion in the president's budget. we are committed to that. where are the tax cuts? where are the tax cuts for the middle class that would inject demand into the economy and would therefore create jobs and create growth? where are the revenues that we would get if we did that and then had the additional participation of those who make over $250,000? where is the revenue that the republicans are willing to bring to the table? all we have seen from them is a letter. all we have heard from them is they don't want to tax the rich. all we know is that the public is very much onboard with everyone in our country paying his or her fair share. so this rule today that says give us authority to have other bills brought to the floor, well, one of thos
the action necessary. >> american people are hurting right now and now is the moment where we need to step up to the plate and solve the problem. i don't know how any of us can look our kids and grandkids in the eye and explain to them that we're not willing to pay for the things that we're enjoying today, we're just going to send them the bill. that's why republicans have a proposal on the table that fixes the problem. puts us on the course to solve the problem which is the out-of-control spending side of the ledger. we've come to the table with revenues. in fact, i think our revenues address the issue better, in a pro-growth fashion, fixing an antiquated tax code that's out of date. we're hopeful that the president will come to the table and be serious about negotiating. >> president obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president. that is to bring the country together uniquely and solve this debt problem in ways that other presidents haven't really had that opportunity. or he can dissolve into zero sum-game politics where he wins and other people lose. i've seen an
on the gridiron. during the game, mostly during halftime when there is a break in the action, fans would come up to me and say, "hi, max, good to see you." we would often talk about football and then it would turn to washington. not once did someone say, do not do this, do not raise my taxes, do not cut my favorite program. not once did i receive a parochial request. my montana bosses told me again and again, just get it done. you need to work together to get it done. i was really almost stunned at the unanimity and intensity with which people spoke to me, get it done. these folks did not ask for a stalemate or inflexibility, they did not ask for our leaders to dig in their heels over ideology. they are pragmatic. they want almost stunned at the unanimity and intensity with which people spoke to me, get it done. these folks did not ask for a stalemate or inflexibility, they did not ask for our leaders to dig in their heels over ideology. they are pragmatic. they want the congress and the president to work together. they want us to talk of these great challenges. keeping with the football team, s
or by taking draconian action on the charitable deductions and others that aren't good policy or aren't realistic. it would be hard to explain, i don't think members would want to explain to nonprofit hospitals, major charities, universities and others that all that -- all those contributions that they received in the past will not be forth coming because of an action of congress, i don't think that is realistic. >> one last question, if the amount of revenue were the same as raising rates, does it matter -- as long as the revenue is being raised from wealthier americans with the stipulation that there is one deduction you don't want to take away -- >> i'm using one as an example. i'm happy to provide more detail response to your questions about the particular proposal, but we have not seen a credible proposal that says you can achieve the kind of revenues that are necessary for a balanced approach by closing loopholes or capping deductions. >> a while ago you said that conversations continue on the fiscal cliff, but a senior g.o.p. aide said there are no talks and no private communic
everything they could to thwart action to make the economy better. but it has gotten better despite their efforts. and so, you know, i was really hoping that postelection we would see a change in the direction of my friends on the other side of the aisle in terms of being responsible about government and our responsibility to make sure that government works of, by and for the people. i was hoping that we would see a difference, and we still have time, representative schakowsky. we still have time. it's not the end of the year. i myself, i'd like to be home for christmas like everyone else, but my highest duty and responsibility is to be here and to move us away or to help move us away from this dangerous fiscal cliff that is coming up, is actually here and, you know, there's a lot that we agree on in terms of avoiding that fiscal cliff. but it seems like the thing that's holding it up is the top 2%. just wanting to preserve the tax, the expiring tax cuts for those top 2%. and they will do so at the expense of the 98% that we all agree we need to extend the tax cuts for. so i just do
on various parts of the action of the gun. most guns used in crime are handguns. those have less swappable parts. this point about education, that is certainly right. everyone would be a lot safer if all gun owners were required to go through some sort of safety training. a lot of folks do not go through training because there are no rules in most states requiring them to do so. it is very difficult to know whether the person who is purchasing a firearm and knows what they're doing with it and knows how to secure it. that is why a lot of these guns end up being used inadvertently or otherwise in crime or accidental shootings. host: a tweet, can you own a fully automatic machine gun anywhere in the united states legally? guest: those have been illegal in united states since the 1930's. host: when it comes to a bushmaster, a handgun, or the background checks the same for all of those different types of weapons? guest: it does not matter whether you're buying a .22 or bushmaster. it is the same background check. there is the same lack of requirement for any sort of training. host: levi in neb
a slight tax relief. in action makes it more present. we maintain the earned income tax credits for individuals. we do a few other little tweaks. we made the mortgage deduction and a credit. we make it available to atomizers as well. -- itemizers as well. as long as you make this, e committee the code more approach and will -- approachable. it could have an impact on low impact individuals. in mexico slightly more progressive. -- it makes a slightly more progressive. i think the general parameters are still the same. you are going to have to recalculate the numbers a little bit. it is 2 years old. guest: the general parameters are still the same period is two years old. those out a little bit. one thing they did was provide a short-term stimulus. the economy is probably slightly better right now than it was two years ago. i still think there is a decent argument for having some kind of stimulus. you might want to look at the size of that any conjecturing about the cuts and tax changes take place. there are definitely some changes. host: here is about a man is worth from former s
is replacing that person. that action that was taken in the senate the other day was such a slap in the face to veterans. senator dole was a veteran. ran for president of the united states, presided over the senate as majority leader. that was one of the saddest days. anyone who was a party to that, i wish them well wherever they're going. i hope we can have more of our values represented there. >> during the debate, you have talked a lot about tax rates and entitlements. you have not talked to much about the payroll tax cuts. you've not talked about it much. what should happen over the next couple of weeks or beyond that with a payroll tax cuts? >> taking payroll tax cuts out of the context of what is happening, it is not something i intend to do. i will say this, as important as the payroll tax cut has been in the past two years, putting more money in the pockets of people so they will spend it, create jobs, be a stimulus, it should be no substitute for passing a middle-income tax cut. and to do even more for middle- income families and our country. i do not where it -- -- in our country.
we had a huge amount of uncertainty. comes from -- some comes from government action. we had an aggressive regulatory agenda. we have not made a certain investments we have made. you add that up and you have a period in which businesses are operating under huge weight. creates the conditions under which businesses can operate in intellectual freedom. among the things government can do is create the conditions under which cost [no audio] to allow businesses to innovate. >> one of the statistics i looked at how to do with reducing regulatory barriers and i thought this was amazing. 20 employees spent 36% more to comply with regulations and that goes to the heart of what we consider to be the innovation story in this country. the small startup and that is what we're looking for as we look for the next big economic success story are the start-ups. the serbs that may have been around for a while. -- startups that may have been around for a while. as they increase their potential in terms of global exporting. they had such an attempt -- a bit depressing impact. that is something th
the question but for comment on the court's actions on that case, i would point you to the department of justice. as you know the administration is not a party to this case and i just have nothing more for you on it. >> does the president have any reaction to the court taking up the prop 8 case? >> i have nothing more for you on that. appreciate it. >> is the president unconcerned about the outcome of the case? >> i don't have anything more for you and refer you to the department of justice. thank you all very much. >> since the white house briefing this afternoon, there's been an update on the fissical cliff story. house speaker john boehner sent the president a new fiscal cliff counteroffer, we'll have more on that in a minute. and a change in the house plan, the house will come in at 6:30 eastern with one vote on what's called the journal, the record of the previous day's proceedings. members will not vote today as they had planned earlier on a motion to negotiate with the senate on the bill to set defense programs and policy for next year. and as the fiscal cliff negotiations cont
or a stalling action, but it's not a serious statement. the fact is go to a table, debate it out, come out with a project -- a product, manage the issue, engineer a solution but don't make up excuses as to why we're working two days a week this week, two days a week last week. the week before that thanksgiving. thank god we were able to be home for that. we don't know if we'll be home for the rest of hanukkah or christmas. but that's just totally -- the republicans sent a letter. perhaps you saw it. it had a number in it. it had no specifics. it had no specifics. the president has been very specific. if you compare what the president put forward, i would need something this high for you to even be able to read the finest print it would be this high as to what the president forth in terms of specificity. the republicans put out a letter that had more signatures than it had ideas. and had one number. let's get real. let's really get real about this if we're going to have a solution and let's stay here and sit at that table and call, you know, make that charge. ok, here are the president's c
struck down state sodomy laws as unconstitutional. then on sunday, the taylors on affirmative action and on tuesday, jeffrey toobin on how the supreme court decisions affected other decisions. all this week on c-span 2. >> i like the variety of the shows, the programs on c-span and the debates. i like to catch those when they're available on c-span. i do watch the political call-in programs as well to get the various positions from republicans, independents, democrats to see what folks are thinking around the country. >> i think it's fair and impartial. and i think it's full -- it's a full spectrum of what the political scene is. and i like the coverage. >> dennis dorsey watches c-span on comcast. c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. [applause] >> speaking at the heritage foundation, supreme court justice anthony kennedy submitted it's the duty of every american, not just public servants, to defend the constitution. he talked about the importance of teaching constitution in public schools. justice kenned
the hearts of those who would deny freedom to her and to the people of burma. may our actions today add to the universal out cry for justice and freedom so that the blessings of life will burst forth for the citizens of aung san suu kyi's need of burma. -- native burma. god bless the nation of burma and bless the united states of america. amen. >> please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable joseph crowley, representative of the seventh district of new york. >> thank you speaker and reverend conroy. thank you to all of my colleagues here today as well as the distinguished senators here with us. mrs. bush and madam secretary, our thanks and appreciation to both of you for not only taking the time to be here today, but for your many contributions to this effort and for your commitment to advancing the cause of freedom and democracy in burma. i would be remiss if i did not also mentioned someone who is not with us here today and that is congressman tom lantos. he and his staff worked so hard on burma for so many years. i wish you were here today to share this moment in history
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